Arizona To Expand Medicaid Coverage   Leave a comment

Will miracles never cease…does this mean I have to actually say something nice about Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer now?

The Arizona Senate is poised to pass an $8.8 billion state budget Thursday that includes the Medicaid expansion sought by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer as she embraces a signature part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law over the opposition of most GOP legislators.

The Arizona House passed the proposals early Thursday after working through the night, putting Brewer one vote away from a huge political victory that will expand health care to 300,000 more low-income Arizonans. Conservatives proposed more than 50 amendments and debated for more than 12 hours in an attempt to block the inevitable, but they didn’t have the votes to stop the Medicaid expansion or the budget deal.(Washington Post)

What Brewer seemed to understand, unlike several of her GOP contemporaries, is that it made no sense whatsoever for states not to accept federal monies for Medicaid expansion; having long argued herself that it made no sense not to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare, it’s only natural that she would buck conventional wisdom on the issue. 

Now, this doesn’t mean I suddenly think she’s a nice person…but anytime someone on the opposite side does something good, we should at least give them credit where credit is due…

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